Council to present annual preschool art series

CONYERS -- Adults aren't the only ones who can enjoy the arts in Conyers.

Starting next week, the Conyers/Rockdale Council for the Arts is beginning its annual Preschool Pops Series at the Rockdale Auditorium.

For two days per month for the next four months, preschool groups are invited to the auditorium, which is located at 903 N. Main St. in Olde Town Conyers, for interactive performances from Georgia singers, storytellers and dancers.

"We are trying first and foremost to provide a community service and also to introduce arts to preschool kids in a way that it's fun, entertaining and educational," said Ric Chiapetta, artistic director for the CRCA.

The series kicks off with Newton County native Andy Irwin, a singer and story teller, who will perform "Letters, Numbers and Other Stuff" on. Jan. 26 and 28. Holly Stevenson will perform "Nosey Rosey Comes to Visit" on Feb. 9 and 11, and Wendy Bennet will perform "Cinderella" on March 9 and 11. The Covington Regional Ballet will close out the series on April 20 and 22.

"We chose artists with a lot of interaction with music, storytelling and dancing," Chiapetta said, adding that some children might be allowed on stage with the performers. "It's a great opportunity for children to see first-class entertainment for a very, very reasonable price."

Each performance starts at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. Performances last about 45 minutes, and seating is limited to 200. Tickets are available at the door, but groups are encouraged to make reservations or purchase tickets in advance.

Each child's ticket cost $3, and adults are free.

"With so many schools loosing funding for arts, this is a very inexpensive way for them to provide that," Chiapetta said, adding that Kids R Kids in Conyers helped sponsor the series.

More information about the series is available by calling 770-922-3143 or visiting www.conyersarts.org.